The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF) is the Presenting Sponsor of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The GPADF is the independent philanthropic arm of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association.
The check presented to our charities each February is a combination of the Grand Prix’s 10-day event in July and the proceeds of the Auto Show Premiere “Dancing with the Cars”.
At the PVGP Victory Lap event on October 21, 2019 John Putzier, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, and Presenting Sponsor of the PVGP since 2014 took the podium to announce that their Foundation approved their presenting sponsorship again for 2020 – the seventh straight year, and that they are honored to be a part of such a great organization of loyal volunteers.
“This was the 7th time in the last 8 years that we were able to set a new record for fundraising and the 11th time in the last 14 years.” said Dan DelBianco, executive director of the PVGP “we are proud of our growing success and we are so appreciative that the GPADA’s Foundation holds this event and donates the proceeds to our charity partners.
John Putzier, CEO of the GPADA said “our partnership with the PVGP has turned out to be a win-win-win for the GPADA’s Foundation, the PVGP and for the charities. Together we can do so much good by combining the two biggest automotive events in Western PA to generate funds for autism and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Dan Wind, president of the foundation, agreed stating “Dancing with the Cars is truly one of our city’s premier charity events, and it is because of the generosity of the GPADA’s 250 dealer and associate members, the event’s wonderful sponsors, and our ticket-holding guests that makes this event the annual success that it is. We are excited that this year’s event, kicking off the 75th edition of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show, will add to our record-setting relationship with the PVGP and their charities.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have a great organization like the GPADF step up and support our year-long efforts,” DelBianco said. “Since our inaugural race in 1983, the PVGP has now donated more than $5.5 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to host an annual world-class vintage automotive event for charity. It is the region’s premier automotive event with 250,000 attendees. The 2020 Race Week runs July 17-26, starting with Historic Races at Pitt Race Complex, continuing with Race Week events throughout the city and culminating with the vintage races and car show in Schenley Park on July 25/26 weekend.
About The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation and GPADA
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation is the independent, philanthropic arm of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association. It was formed to raise and distribute funds for the support of, and contributions to, charitable organizations. Funds are raised through sponsorship of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show’ “Dancing with the Cars” and other fund-raising events held throughout the year.
Dan DelBianco, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Executive Director, said, “The GPADA has always been supportive of our event with its local dealers and manufacturers representing the single largest sponsor segment. The combination of GPADA and its Foundation, with our 100,000+ attendees and enthusiastic volunteers, makes this an ideal fit for each organization.”
GPADA is a metro dealer association representing over 200 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Western Pennsylvania. Dealer members are primarily engaged in the retail sales of new and used motor vehicles as well as automotive service, repair and parts sales. Associate Members include banks, finance companies, radio and television stations, newspapers, aftermarket services and other companies related to the automotive industry. GPADA, founded in 1924 as a non-profit organization, encourages and promotes trade and commerce by providing and supporting various services, educational and training programs.